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Five Area Nonprofits Receive Relief Grants from State Bank of Cross Plains

May 28, 2020, MADISON, Wisconsin— State Bank of Cross Plains (SBCP) has disbursed $20,000 in Relief Grants to five nonprofit organizations with missions aimed at helping communities cope with economic uncertainty due to COVID-19 by providing humanitarian support in various forms. The five nonprofits equally sharing these funds include:

  • Waunakee Neighborhood Connection Corp.
  • Mount Horeb Community Foundation
  • Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM)
  • Home of Our Own Inc. in New Glarus
  • Community Action Inc. of Rock and Walworth Counties in Beloit

“Without question, there are hundreds of worthy organizations who could benefit from this support,” says SBCP President and CEO Jim Tubbs. “With limited funds available through this particular grant program, we tried to identify nonprofits who could make a large impact across our entire footprint to help as many people in the communities we serve as possible.”

State Bank of Cross Plains applied for and received the grant funding through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago’s COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for members to use in support of small businesses and/or nonprofit organizations affected by the pandemic. FHLBank Chicago’s goal was to rapidly deploy relief funds where they are most urgently needed, tapping into the independent community banks who have a pulse on local communities throughout Wisconsin and Illinois.

“These grants are just one part of our overall effort to investigate and act on the opportunities available to help our customers and the communities we serve as a whole navigate this current economic crisis,” Tubbs explains. “Our work is definitely not done.”

Early on in March, State Bank of Cross Plains made a donation to the United Way of Dane County to support their efforts toward helping the homeless and keeping food pantries fully stocked and operational. In addition to these charitable endeavors, SBCP has been extremely active assisting more than 1,045 area small businesses successfully apply for Paycheck Protection Program Loans, which helped secure more than 12,300 jobs.

“The dedication of our bank family to process so many loan applications far exceeded my wildest expectations of what we could accomplish together,” shared Tubbs. “Our focus was to step up and help people complete this process so that the small business owners, their employees, and all the members of the community they serve could worry less and concentrate more on the important stuff.”

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State Bank of Cross Plains is known for our modern, progressive approach to supporting businesses and consumers by offering services more typical of larger financial institutions in an environment that values one-on-one personal relationships and community involvement. State Bank of Cross Plains is a $1.3 billion institution, offering a full range of business and personal financial services including business, real estate, and consumer lending, as well as wealth management and financial advisory services. We now also provide Crop Insurance and Ag Lending Services. SBCP has 15 convenient locations in Dane, Rock, and Green Counties. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

For additional information, contact Marketing Communications Manager Ian Folger at 608-826-3515. 

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Thysse: We Can—Do It Together

For Immediate Release

The Community of Oregon Unifies Through Art Installation

Brooke Barney

OREGON, WI, May 22, 2020 — After campuses made a nationwide decision in March to close, Maddie LeBrun, Oregon native working through her last semester of undergrad at St. Norbert College, returned home.

In light of the pandemic, Maddie resolutely believes that art can serve as an instrument for healing, encouragement, and public understanding. Because of the sudden inaccessibility of printing presses, her printmaking class switched gears from letterpress to public text-based installations, prompting the creation of her hand-painted WE CAN series, initially installed at Firefly Coffeehouse.

“Art is especially important right now because it can be a contribution when we have nothing else to give” stated Maddie LeBrun. “We place so much of our identity and value on ephemeral titles—the jobs we have, the places we go, the people we talk to—that most of us feel lost when we can’t maintain those routines. These days we wake up in the morning and we can’t always do whatever we want, but we can still choose to make something good, and we can still choose to make something for others.”

“I’d like to thank Jeanne and Uriah Carpenter at Firefly for housing my original work,” continues Maddie, “Thysse for reaching out to print posters for the community, and my family for graciously working around my studio endeavors, even (and especially) when they take up the entire kitchen table.”

Today, this message of hope and unity can be seen in the windows of residents and businesses throughout Oregon’s Village.

“We at Firefly Coffeehouse are absolutely committed to supporting both the arts and education, and view our very public role downtown as a place to build community” said Jeanne Carpenter, Owner, Firefly Coffee House and Village President. “We are delighted to showcase Maddie’s original work and thank her for brightening Oregon’s spirits while the world is paused.”

Poster prints are provided free to the public by Thysse and available at all three Oregon Kwik Trip locations as well as Bill’s Food Center.

About the artist

Maddie LeBrun is a designer and illustrator from Oregon, Wisconsin. She loves lettering, late nights spent in-studio, and the color yellow. Her public work is continually featured across campus as she works part-time as a poster designer for the St. Norbert College Art Department. Maddie’s most recent personal work uses a traditional alphabet to share her steadfast love for the earth and the belief that living a more sustainable life is within reach for everyone. You can learn more about Maddie and see more of her work on Instagram @mlebrunstudio

About Thysse

Thysse is a third-generation, innovative company in Oregon, WI, specializing in visual communication. We are a design, printing and manufacturing company and we have the imagination and tools to customize projects, whatever they may be. We think about how your story is being told through your direct mail, your catalog, your fleet vehicles, your apparel, the sign outside your door, and the design of the lobby inside your door. We are where you go with your brand. For more information about Thysse, please visit

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Monona Bank Supports Contributes $82,300 to 19 Area Non-Profits


May 20, 2020

Mark Schellpfeffer, 608-223-5141

Monona Bank Supports Contributes $82,300 to 19 Area Non-Profits

(MONONA, Wis.) – Monona Bank announced today it will donate $82,300 to 15 area food pantries, and four other Madison-area non-profits who are working to assist our neighbors in need during the COVID-19 crisis. The donation was made possible through the bank’s “Strength in Neighbors” campaign which was initiated by a $20,000 grant the bank received from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago’s (FHLB Chicago) COVID-19 Relief Program.

“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in requests for COVID-19 assistance, specifically asking for help in providing meals for area residents,” Paul Hoffmann, President & CEO of Monona Bank, said. “As a locally-owned community bank with close ties to many non-profits in our communities, we are in a unique position to notice the needs facing our communities quickly,” Hoffmann added. “Monona Bank knew they needed to get involved, especially since we believe we are only truly successful when the communities we serve prosper.”

Hoffmann and the Monona Bank Board of Directors quickly decided to create a “Strength in Neighbors” campaign to help our neighbors survive the COVID-19 crisis. With so many qualified groups asking the bank for assistance, the bank decided to apply for the FLHB Chicago grant. But Monona Bank wanted to do more and increased its total contribution to $82,300 through a combination of bank, board, and employee contributions. “Our Board leadership was outstanding in immediately donating their own personal funds and encouraging others in our bank to give generously,” Hoffmann added. To make even more funds available, the bank also redirected funds they normally would have spent on various community and bank events which were cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The hardest part for the bank was deciding where to donate the grants due to the numerous worthy requests the bank had received for assistance. “We kept hearing the pressure on our local food pantries was incredible, so we focused our funding in this one key area that we knew would have significant impact on our neighbors,” Hoffmann said. Based on stats from the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, Monona Bank’s donation to area food pantries will provide more than 192,000 meals for Dane County area families.

Monona Bank chose 15 local meals-related non-profit organizations to support including:  Goodman Center Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul, Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), St. Stephen’s Food Pantry in Monona, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southwest Wisconsin, The River Food Pantry, FEED Kitchens, Dane County Humane Society, NewBridge Senior Services, Oregon and Brooklyn Area Food Pantry, Belleville Food Pantry, Sauk Prairie Food Pantry, Northwest Dane County Senior Services, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Cottage Grove Food Pantry, and the Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens.

In addition, the bank decided to support Forward Community Investments (FCI) in their campaign for Nonprofit Emergency Capacity Building Grants, Common Wealth Development, the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and Operation Fresh Start.

About Monona Bank (

Monona Bank is a locally owned and managed bank with over 160 employees at nine locations in an around Dane County. Monona Bank believes that “together, we prosper.” Founded in 1991, Monona Bank believes there is “Strength in Neighbors” and is committed to making our communities great places to live, work and raise a family.


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Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation Spring Grants

In early April Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation joined with other philanthropic businesses and announced a gift of $100,000 to United Way’s Dane County Covid-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund. That gift pushed them over the $1 M mark, providing food, shelter, security, counseling, and safety during the pandemic outbreak. Now it is making additional grants of $88,750 to 11 other non-profits which provide essential area services.  Among the May 2020, grant requests awarded are:

Big Brothers Big Sisters, $5,000 – food, meals and family services

Centro Hispano, $15,000 – special needs for low-resource families

DAIS, $10,000 – extra security and counseling services

Down Syndrome, $5,000 – classes for special distance learning

Goodman Center, $10,000 – diverse emergency services

Independent Living, $5,000 – Meals on Wheel and food for elderly

Madison Reading Project, $5,000 – distribution of books for kids

Madison Children’s Museum, $10,000 – Discovery Kits for in-home learning

Newbridge Senior Center, $8,750 – special needs during senior isolation

Second Harvest Food Bank, $5,000 – increase in free meals and deliveries

St. Vincent de Paul, $10,000 – meat purchases for a month

The Endres Foundation is also giving it’s annual sponsorship of $1,000 for a “Big” to BBBS, $15,000 in its partnership with Dane Arts, and a pledge payment to the new Madison Youth Arts Center which is set to open in spring of 2021.  Construction is going well, and the Children’s Theater and Madison Youth Choirs are eager to gather in their new space.. as well as many other youth-arts education entities.

A sincere “THANK YOU” goes out from the Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation for the diligent work done by area non-profits to make our world a better place, especially during this challenging pandemic period. We want you to know that we are sincerely grateful for your mission, your passion, and your diligence to improve the quality of life for so many people. If you know of any non-profit organizations that would benefit from our help, please let us know and pass this on to those non-profits. Grant applications can be found at by following the foundation link. Anyone can contribute to the foundation and 100% of the funds are given back to the community.  The contact for making donations is also on the website.

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Capitol Bank Receives Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Grant to Support COVID-19 Relief

For Immediate Release

Natalie Gregerson, Director of Marketing
Capitol Bank
710 N. High Point Road
Madison, Wisconsin 53717

Capitol Bank Receives Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Grant to Support COVID-19 Relief

Madison, WI (May 12, 2020): Capitol Bank, through their partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBank Chicago), has received a $20,000 grant for the purpose of providing donations to organizations in the Madison area.

“An important part of being a community bank is our involvement at the local level. We are fortunate to receive this grant, allowing us to further our community support at a critical time,” said Ken Thompson, President and CEO of Capitol Bank.

An internal group of employees, the “Capitol Cares Committee” determines each year how Capitol Bank’s donation budget will be dispersed in the community. In addition to the $20,000 grant, Capitol Bank is contributing an additional $5,000 to organizations providing COVID-19 relief in Dane County. The organizations chosen to receive a portion of the $25,000 include: Badger Prairie Needs Network, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS), Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, Lussier Community Education Center, Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), Porchlight, Second Harvest Foodbank, United Way of Dane County and UW Health COVID-19 Response Fund.

“While every non-profit is feeling the impact of COVID-19, the committee focused on basic needs and some of the organizations that could be the most impactful to fulfill those needs in our community right now,” said Ami Myrland, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Capitol Bank.

About the Grant Program: The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is offering a COVID-19 Relief Program which includes grants to support member institutions and the communities they serve in Illinois and Wisconsin that have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information visit

About Capitol Bank: Capitol Bank, locally owned and operated since 1995, is committed to serving the communities in which we live, work and do business. We are proud of the partnerships we have established with organizations, businesses and individuals in the Dane County area. Our philosophy of community support is demonstrated at the corporate level, as well as in the time and energy our employees devote to our community each year. Capitol Bank is Member FDIC.